When choosing your path through life, there are definitely a lot of options. Each of us has unique talents and abilities, interests and opportunities. We might have childhood “dream jobs” like skating for the Maple Leafs but later mature to have more realistic goals. But just because it’s realistic, it doesn’t have to be boring or unsatisfying. And there are a lot of great reasons that working in concrete installation is, for many, a rewarding job with a lot of benefits!
While the prevailing notion in society is that you have to go to college and sit behind a desk to have a successful and happy life, that’s far from true. Working in the trades pays better than many people think. Money’s not everything though, and there are a lot of other benefits that you may like about installing concrete or other types of construction work.
Here are some of our favorite benefits of working in the concrete industry.
One of the primary reasons we get a job is to make enough money to survive on. You may be surprised that concrete work provides the opportunity to bring home a pretty decent paycheck.
Like most jobs, you’ll make more as you go along and gain experience. But you won’t start out too badly, either, and you’ll have a lot of room to grow to a better income.
Recent data from February 2019 shows that in the United States shows that a, a concrete finisher makes an average of $12.67 an hour at the low end of the scale. But that can go up to $26.49. That doesn’t include overtime, bonuses, or other factors like profit sharing that help to sweeten the pot.
In addition to good pay, concrete work provides great job security. It’s an industry that’s not going away any time soon!
While the strength of the economy overall can influence how busy you will be and what you will earn, there are always projects that need to be done.
Whether it’s pouring foundations for new houses or skyscrapers, creating sidewalks, or designing skateparks or stamped concrete as we do at Patterned Concrete, your services will always be in demand.
Not Being a Slave to a Suit and a Desk
There’s nothing wrong with working in an office and wearing a suit and tie all the time, but it’s definitely not for everyone.
Concrete work is great if you don’t find that lifestyle appealing. You’ll be out in the field most of the time and wearing work clothes. It could be a uniform or something more casual, depending on your company. But you won’t have to worry about staring at a monitor all day or tying a Windsor knot.
Of course, learning office skills is useful especially if you plan on going into business for yourself or moving up the ladder in the business. But you will still spend the bulk of your time working with your hands and practicing your trade.
Enjoy the Outdoors
While not every concrete job is outdoors, we’d say that the vast majority of them are. And if you love the fresh air, it’s a fantastic way to enjoy it most of your working days. There’s something invigorating about feeling the sun on your face and a nice breeze drying the sweat on your brow.
Granted, not every day is like that. It can get cold. It can get hot. Bad weather can even lead to delays in getting the project completed. Still, it’s great not to have to stare at the same four walls all day. And even though bad weather can be frustrating, the reality is that the great days outnumber the gray ones.
So if you’d rather be under sunlight than fluorescent lights, concrete work is a great choice!
Express Your Creativity
Some people may tell you that concrete is boring – but they’re the ones that have never worked in it. While it’s true that there are a lot of jobs that just involve pouring plain rectangles, there are also many that require originality.
It could be plain concrete but you’ll need to find the best way to get from “Point A” to “Point B” – with style, class and comfort. Or it could be stamped concrete or some other type of decorative concrete where you’ll be called on to help a property owner see the many possibilities that are available for beautifying their new surface.
The Satisfaction of Seeing the Work You’ve Done
Another great aspect of working with concrete is that you can directly see what you’ve accomplished. Whether it’s the foundation of a skyscraper or the surface of the plaza at the shopping center, there’s something really “concrete” about concrete. You can see and feel it and remind yourself that you’ve done a good job.
From the huge commercial project to the front stairs of the elderly client’s home, you’ve accomplished something that serves a purpose. You can take pride in it and know that your work is the “foundation” for so much more.
Something New Every Day
If you like to do the same thing every day, concrete work might not be for you. On the other hand, if you look forward to working on new projects in different places regularly, it could be a wonderful job.
Project length can vary when you’re pouring concrete, but in the end, you know you’re going to be moving on to something new and different. Even when you’re mainly pouring foundations, or driveways, or patios, each project is in a new place and has its own unique aspects and challenges.
That also means you’ll constantly have the opportunity to learn and grow!
Opportunities for a Lifelong Career
Speaking of growing, the trades, including concrete work, offer a lot of opportunity to expand and grow. It can easily be a career that will carry you comfortably toward retirement.
As we mentioned above, this work isn’t going to go away. There’s always a need for it.
At the same time, you can choose to move up the ladder. Starting out, you’re probably going to be working for someone else. But within a few years, you may decide to open your own business as a contractor.
Another alternative would be to move into a foreperson’s role with a larger outfit or into some other type of management position where you can use all you’ve learned to help direct others. That could happen with a larger contractor in concrete or in a broader construction category.
The skills you’ve developed will remain in demand and can provide you with a way to have a good income for the rest of your life!
Concrete work isn’t just a way to make a living. It’s a rewarding job that you can enjoy throughout your working years. If you like to work with your hands and put in a good day’s work for a good day’s pay, it’s definitely worth considering. If you’re looking for a job that’s unique and satisfying, it’s definitely worth checking out!